Tompkins County Public Library

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Library to Offer Community Read Writing Workshop

Tompkins County Public Library will host “Home and Away,” a free writing workshop exploring memories and connections of homes past and present, September 25 from 10 a.m. to Noon in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Inspired by the 2013 Community Read of Julie Otsuka’s “When the Emperor was Divine,” this program will be facilitated by Irene “Zee” Zahava and encourage participants to consider and write about the places, people and things associated with “home.”

Zahava is a short story writer, haiku poet, small press publisher, published anthologist, the former owner of Smedley’s Book Shop and the founder of Zee’s Writing Studio in downtown Ithaca.

“When the Emperor was Divine” is an enlightening and heart-wrenching, third-person story of a Japanese-American family torn apart by American policies and prejudice during World War II, Otsuka’s 2003 debut novel evocatively and emotionally ponders a subject previously unexplored by commercial fiction—Japanese internment camps. 

Now in its 12th year, the Community Read encourages community members to experience the bond of literature by reading and discussing the same title. 

The writing workshop is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required.  To register, contact Zahava at (607) 273-4675 or

For more information about the Community Read, contact Community Read Coordinator Sarah Glogowski at (607) 272-4557 extension 255 or

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